- CX bike suggestions
Missed this thread first time around but if you’ve chose a Focus Mares you really can’t go far wrong. Get a new set of wheels next season, you’ll be fine running what you’ve got this one,
I would have optioned on the Top Spec Boone or Giants TCX Adv1 but from reading your budgets been cut, so you’ve done well with a Focus, great bikes.Posted 2 years ago
Yeah from the quick test ride I did it seemed nice. I felt the flip flop steering round a couple of
Hairpins due to hte slack ha that some reviews mentioned to start with but you only need to be marginally more precise with weighting and it goes away.
The real bonus is my wife just told me it’s pointless to sell the Ridley so I have a pit bike too 😆
I’d put money on it being a wet and muddy season given we seem to be having a traditional baking hot summer so far and it was mud free last year!Posted 2 years agosb88Member
From my limited experience of cx races, having 2 bikes seemed to be the deal breaker. If I had £1000 to spend on a cx bike, I’d cobble together 2 single speed rim brake ones from eBay bits for £800 and get £200 worth of beers/biscuits for a mate/gf to act as pit bitch for the season. (Actually I’d buy one nicer, steel one that I liked and use it for leisure rides and the occasional amateur race, but if I were serious about races, the above would apply)Posted 2 years ago
Finally picked up mares yesterday, hours drill this morning round the playing fields in proper cross weather, an all pervading drizzle. Very impressed. I was slightly concerned about reviews saying slow speed cornering was compromised by the slacker head angle so coned out a few hairpins but felt it behaved impeccably. Where it excelled was in steep offcamber horizontal hairpins where the slacker head angle was a real asset in carrying speed and whipping round the turns. Mud (or mostly cut grass today) clearance was excellent, despite the rear mech fully clogging several times the wheels/frame were still fine.Posted 2 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
ferrals, you got it from Pilot House Cycles, I assume? I’m looking around for a new one as well and it will have to be 0%. (Just got a very nice new MTB – can’t justify more cash on another bike!) I was thinking of the 2017 SuperX 105 through Tredz.
Having now broken my back I’m looking at a Boone purely for the sloppy seatpost.
😯Posted 2 years ago
I missed this thread originally. What happened and are you OK?shedbrewedMember
@Idle Jon more info here- http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/broken-backs-and-recovery-talk-to-mePosted 2 years ago
TLDR- Car driver didn’t look for cyclist (me) on roundabout and despite my right of way, drove out and T-boned me. Impact left me with broken L1 and L3. Back in early May. Also a very broken Storck bike.
New Boone frameset, nice…
Two grand though 😕Posted 2 years ago
Yes Jon, got it from PHC, they don’t do 0% so I got a 0% credit card. You get a discount if you join GR 😉 plus Thursday cx training is in full swing at the moment!
That cannodale is a really nice bike too.. I was looking at them but were outside my price bracket at the time.
What mtb did you get?Posted 2 years agomosSubscriber
I’ve got a Rival 1 XLS whish i have upgraded the wheels & cranks on & i think its a great bike (although its my 1st cx bike so don’t have any other yardsticks). I do like CX1 although o run an XTR 11-40 & the gaps are a little on the big side for racing but that only accounts for 10% max of its usage so not such a problem.Posted 2 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Caadx’s have a high turnover on ebay – for race purposes I’d prob look to get a 105 for sub 500 quid and then buy some wheels.
CX Hydrobrakes would be great for your general trail riding, but aren’t a big deal in a race IMHO. Guess it depends how widely you think you’d ride the bike.Posted 2 years ago
Thanks bikebouy, I feel a what wheels and tyres thread coming on 😉
Enjoyed last night spin on the TCX. Took an alu one for a spin few years ago and was in two minds, felt a bit tall and ungainly next to a Crux, but didn’t really get that this time around. If i keep it then it will be raced, but just riding off road and easily linking bits of trail with road, can see it being fun to train on.Posted 2 years ago
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